Thursday, July 13, 2006

China's One-Child Problem

The Los Angeles Times reports on Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese activist who is still paying the price for exposing his home nation's sterilizations and forced abortions, in China's One-Child Problem. He remains in prison.

A sampling ...

When a self-taught lawyer and activist named Chen Guangcheng went public with reports of forced abortions and other abuses by family-planning officials in China's Shandong province, he became a local hero.

He also became a state threat.

His case stands as a warning that being right is not a sure defense in a system wary of any challenge to its authority.

On Monday, the blind activist's wife was interrogated and one of his supporters beaten, the latest in a series of moves apparently designed to intimidate and punish Chen for exposing forced abortions and sterilization under China's one-child campaign, one of his lawyers said.